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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

I’m rather lucky to have The New Inn as my closest pub (1.1 miles door to door to be precise). It’s undergone a bit of a transformation in recent years under the capable hands of it’s owners Dionne and Cameron, and can now firmly be classed as a gastropub and good all round watering hole. Dionne takes care of the bar, whilst Cameron cooks up a storm in the kitchen. I can tell you first hand the fish and chips are to die for (a few from the shoot may just have mysteriously disappeared).

I really enjoyed photographing the pub, it’s a bit of a departure from my more usual wedding and portrait assignments, but I’d love to do more of this type of photography. It’s actually not so different from wedding photography – they key is trying to capture the essence and atmosphere of the place, including the details, people, and venue.

If you find yourself in North Yorkshire any time soon, I’m sure you won’t need too much of an excuse to pop in for a drink or two ;-)


Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Isn’t he gorgeous? Joe is trying his hand at modeling, go Joe go!


Saturday, July 4th, 2009

You may remember this post from a couple of months ago about Essential England. Well, their website is now live and kicking so go right now and have a look!

Essential England
offers a unique service, 100% British grown flowers delivered anywhere in the UK, either as a gift, or as a monthy service for yourself, and they also offer wedding flowers. As all of the flowers are locally grown, they are very fresh, and you know that you are supporting British Growers and that your flowers have a low carbon footprint.

I went down to the Plant Finders Fair at the gorgeous Cottesbrooke Hall last week to photograph their official launch. The flowers look amazing and smell even better!

Rose Bouquet


Rachael, the brains (and the beauty!) behind Essential England:


This is the amateur florists kit, which contains everything you need to begin flower arranging. The gorgeous leather apron is from Bradley’s The Tannery. Bradley’s offers amazingly soft leather goods in a mouthwatering selection of colours which make a great gift. All of their leather is British so again, you know that you are doing your bit for global warming as it has virtually no carbon footprint! The kit was photographed in one of Country Summerhouses wonderful, well, summerhouses! They are really well made and I’m planning on having one for my office one day.


Peter Dibble was also at the fair. Peter grows his own willow, dries it and then makes it into the most amazing natural fences and baskets. If you ever need anything willow related, email Peter!



Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Rachael is the kind of person who has great ideas, a brilliant sense of style and throws herself wholeheartedly into everything she does, which is why I know her new business venture will be a great success. Essential England will be launched at the end of the month (watch this space for a link to their website as soon as it’s live), and is a flower delivery service with a difference. For a set fee (which, by the way, is incredibly reasonable) you can have fresh, British grown flowers delivered to your home or office every two weeks, once a month, or even quarterly. This is going to make a fantastic gift for a friend, girlfriend, bridesmaid or Mum, or for yourself! And you don’t have to feel even a little bit guilty at spending money on yourself as you know that you will be supporting local, British flower growers.

Rachel will soon be adding wedding flowers and gorgeous boquets to her offerings, and if the flowers I photographed on Friday are anything to go by, they will to die for!




This is my favourite boquet of the day, which Rachel very kindly gave to me at the end of the day after just one or two subtle hints ;-)




rose boquet

peonie and rose boquet


Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I have always loved stationary, and I fell in love with letterpress printing the first time I saw it. It is just so luxurious! I think that if a business card is just so damn cool that you can’t throw it away, then that has to be a good thing. Mine were designed and printed by Sally Ann of Invited Ink and I am so pleased with them. They are almost too nice to give away but I will have to remind myself that that is what they are for!

Sally Ann
also designs and prints wedding invitations so brides and grooms, take note. You could hardly hope for a more stylish introduction to your wedding.

Here they are, with my signature colour on the back:

Letterpress Business Cards

And notecards to match:

Letterpress Notecards


Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

The Storytellers and I have a lot in common. We both tell stories with our work: their job is to tell corporate stories to and about the staff of large companies, mine is usually to tell the story of a person, a family or a couple at a certain point in their lives. I was asked to play a part in the story of the NHS County Durham last week, by documenting around 200 of their staff as they worked at telling their own unique story.

NHS people chatting

Using some of The Storytellers stationary printed especially for the day:

Business Stationary

Discussing the stories:

People engaging

These brightly coloured leads caught my eye!


At the end of the day, everyone is asked to sign the ‘storymap’, a huge printed banner telling the companies story. By signing it the staff show their commitment to the story and continuing to tell it as it evolves:



Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

…….Ruth! I got back to the office today to find that my blog has reached 50 comments, it didn’t take too long at all! Just on case you’re interested, I used the Totally Random Number Generator to pick a number, which was 5. So well done Ruth, your Amazon voucher is on it’s way to you.

Happy Wednesday (Desperate Housewives Day) everyone, let’s hope the snow melts and Spring is back by tomorrow.


Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I have always loved pretty things and am a complete sucker for packaging, so I have recently spent some time focusing on making sure that everything leaving my office looks wonderful (with the exception of me!). I always hope that the recipients of albums, prints etc know much care been taken to make sure that everything is as perfect as possible. Wrapping something in beautiful packaging tells you that the item is precious and cared for. I love it when I go to a nice shop and have my purchases carefully encased in tissue paper and placed in a crisp, new paper bag, ready to unwrap when I get home. It just makes all the difference!

I have just had some new mini business cards delivered, while I wait for my letterpress ones to be made. I have tied bunches of them together for suppliers with satin ribbon in my signature colour:


I’ve also made some flip books (thanks to Design Aglow for the idea) for some my favourite suppliers, showing off the services they offer to future brides and grooms. This one is for Angie Walker, whose flower designs are amazing:


P.S. Just three more comments and someone will win a £15 Amazon Voucher!


Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

As a thank you to all have commented so far, and to those who will (hopefully!), I’m going to offer a £15 Amazon Voucher to one random commenter from the first 50 comments left on the blog.

Girls that will pay for the Sex and the City movie, or boys, put it towards a Wii or playstation game!

And as it is a photography blog, every post should have a photo. Here is one of Archie, my miniature shetland, enjoying the snow.